The Products Dermatologists Recommend For Forehead Lines and Wrinkles
It’s not just our eye contour, neck, and hands that are prone to premature wrinkling. Our foreheads can crease easily as well, causing unwanted furrow lines that can add years to a complexion. Luckily, a combination of good habits and the right products can help smooth the appearance of forehead lines.
What Can Cause Forehead Lines?
Have you ever come across someone who was reluctant to smile in fear of wrinkles and lines forming on their face? It sounds silly, but that person is definitely on to something. According to the Mayo Clinic, repeated facial expressions and movements—squinting, smiling, furrowing your brow among them—can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. If you’ve made a bad habit of raising your brow, that could be one of the leading causes behind the creasing on your forehead. What’s more, it’ll only get worse as you age. When facial muscles are used, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin, and that groove may no longer be able to spring back in place as skin ages and loses its flexibility. As a result, the creasing and lines can become permanent.
Another culprit that could be responsible for your forehead wrinkling is the sun. Ultraviolet radiation can speed up the skin’s natural aging process by breaking down your skin’s connective tissue, leading to premature lines and wrinkles on the skin.
What You Should Do: In addition to kicking your bad habit of furrowing your brow, be sure to apply broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher each and every day no matter the forecast. Be sure to reapply at least every two hours and take additional sun protection measures such as seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours—10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—when rays are strongest.
The Ingredient to Look For: Retinol
In addition to daily sunscreen use, consider incorporating retinol into your routine to help smooth the look of your forehead lines. “Retinol, the active form of vitamin A in the body, and especially retinoic acid work to increase cell turnover, build collagen, improve discoloration, and target wrinkles,” says board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dendy Engelman. “By replenishing the skin with vitamin A, lines can be minimized, as it helps build collagen and elastin.” For those who are retinol rookies, be sure to read our guide to using the potent ingredient for the first time, here.
Our Favorite Products Formulated with Retinol
Looking for a retinol rec? We’re sharing four of favorite products—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—that are formulated with retinol.
SKINCEUTICALS RETINOL 1.0
The more experienced retinol users can benefit from using SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0, a maximum strength refining night cream with 1 percent pure retinol. This is a big concentration of retinol, so if it’s your first time using the ingredient, opt for the brand’s Retinol 0.5 first to build up your tolerance.
SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0, $72 MSRP
VICHY LIFTACTIV RETINOL HA CONCENTRATE
Suitable for sensitive skin types, Vichy’s LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate—formulated with the brand’s highest concentration of pure retinol—instantly makes your skin appear dramatically smoother and plumped. After just one month, expression lines are visibly smoothed for a refreshed appearance.
Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate, $45 MSRP
LA ROCHE-POSAY REDERMIC R ANTI-AGING CONCENTRATE INTENSIVE
Formulated with La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Spring Water and pure retinol, Redermic R can help to visibly reduce upper lip, forehead, and crow’s feet wrinkles. Over time, the skin appears smooth and the complexion appears more even.
L’OREAL PARIS REVITALIFT ANTI-WRINKLE + FIRMING FACE & NECK CONTOUR CREAM
Combining pro-retinol and elastin, the Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Face & Neck Contour Cream provides 24-hour hydration as well as visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles after just two weeks. Plus, the day cream’s formula is non-greasy and non-comedogenic, so you don’t have to worry about it clogging your pores.
Editor’s note: Be diligent when using retinol. It’s a powerful ingredient that should be introduced to the skin in baby steps. Start with a lower concentration first to allow your skin some time to adjust to the ingredient. Building up a tolerance can help prevent irritation to the skin. When applying retinol, be sure to follow up with a Broad-Spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen in the morning, as frequent use can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Not sure if retinol is right for you? When in doubt, check with your dermatologist.